Rolls-Royce delivers 5,555th mtu engine to Bell Equipment

Posted on December 06, 2022

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  • 5,555 mtu Series 1000, 1300 and 1500 engines delivered to Bell Equipment
  • Supplied engines can run on synthetic fuels

Rolls-Royce recently delivered the 5,555th mtu engine of Series 1000, 1300 and 1500 to global articulated dump truck manufacturer and construction equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment. Rolls-Royce has been supplying Bell with mtu engines from Series 1000 to 1500 since 2013. To mark the delivery of the 5,555th mtu engine, Dr. Lei Berners-Wu, Vice President Global Industrial at Rolls-Royce's Power Systems business unit, symbolically presented a special engine piston, the so-called "Piston of Honour", to Leon Goosen, CEO of Bell Equipment. The award was presented at Bauma in Munich, the world's leading trade fair in the construction and mining sector.  

"It goes without saying that we are extremely proud of our long and successful association with the Rolls-Royce company and are pleased to have reached this milestone together. For many years we, and our customers, have been won over by the performance and reliability of the mtu brand of engines. As a company that has a passion for innovation and a drive to lead development, we also appreciate the efforts made by Rolls-Royce to make the mtu brand of engines compatible with sustainable fuels. This speaks to our own goals of reducing the environmental footprint of our trucks and we look forward to what the future holds in this regard," said Leon Goosen, CEO of Bell Equipment.  

"With the 'Piston of Honour', we bring a token of appreciation to Bell Equipment and thank them for their long-standing partnership," said Dr. Lei Berners-Wu. "Bell Equipment is one of our most important customers in the field of construction equipment, industrial applications and agriculture. This is a partnership and collaboration that we intend to maintain and expand in the future."  

One of the largest OEM customers in the C&A sector  

Rolls-Royce and Bell Equipment have enjoyed a close business relationship since 1998. The majority family-owned company was founded in 1954 and produces, markets and exports a large number of different material handling machines worldwide. Bell Equipment employs a total of around 3,700 people. The supplied mtu engines are installed in Bell Equipment's complete range of E-series articulated dump trucks, among others. Bell Equipment is one of Rolls-Royce's largest OEM customers in the global C&I sector, particularly in the African market.

Use of synthetic fuels for mtu engines  

Rolls-Royce has recently approved the engines for construction machinery, industrial applications, agriculture and mining of the mtu Series 1000, 1100, 1300, 1500 and 4000 for use with sustainable fuels of the EN15940 standard. In addition to BtL (Biomass to Liquid) and PtL (Power to Liquid) fuels such as e-diesel, this also includes HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil). The advantages of this synthetic fuel are not only clean combustion with reduced particulate emissions by up to 80 per cent, but also the reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions and CO2 emissions by up to 90 per cent compared to fossil diesel. Rolls-Royce is thus making an important contribution towards a more climate-friendly future. Under the motto Net Zero at Power Systems, the group has set itself the goal of becoming climate-neutral by the year 2050.  

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce is at the forefront of propulsion and energy solutions that connect, power and protect society. We are committed to achieving carbon neutrality in our operations by 2030 (excluding product testing) and joined the UN Race to Zero campaign in 2020. This reaffirms our ambition to play a fundamental role in making the areas in which we operate climate neutral by 2050.
  2. Rolls-Royce Power Systems, headquartered in Friedrichshafen, employs around 9,000 people. Under the mtu brand, the company sells high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land and rail vehicles, military vehicles and for the oil and gas industry, as well as diesel and gas systems and battery containers for safety-critical applications, for continuous power generation, for combined heat and power and for microgrids, and is intensively involved in the development of climate-neutral solutions.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, including more than 400 airlines and leasing companies, 160 armed forces and navies, and more than 5,000 energy and nuclear customers.
  4. Adjusted annual revenue in 2021 was £10.95 billion, adjusted operating profit was £414 million and we invested £1.18 billion in research and development. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 university technology centres through which Rolls-Royce engineers participate directly in cutting-edge scientific research.
  5. Rolls-Royce Holdings plc is a listed company (LSE:RR., ADR: RYCEY, LEI: 213800EC7997ZBLZJH69).


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